(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger homered as the Los Angeles Angels topped the Kansas City Royals 7-0 on Saturday for their seventh-consecutive victory.
Billy Buckner (1-0) limited the Royals to just two hits over five innings for his first win since 2009.
The Angels have outscored their opponents 54-18 during their longest winning streak of the young season.
“It hasn’t changed the expectations at all,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously, confidence as a team builds as you start to move in the right direction. Right now these guys feel good because we’re playing the type of baseball we had hoped we would play the first month, but it didn’t appear.
The current winning streak has vaulted the Angels right back into contention in the AL West.
“I kind of look at that as we’re not done yet,” Conger said. “We’ve won a lot. We’ve got things rolling, but you look at the big picture. We really need to continue this momentum in order to be in the position we want to be later on down the road.”
The Royals have now lost seven-straight home games, and 15 of 19 overall.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire